5 February 2023

Posts Tagged ‘Woodhouse’s scrub-jay’

Firsts-of-Year

Friday, March 4th, 2022

Overcast, with a forecast of showers. And warm—about 50° (F). I expected showers, but none came. However, I didn’t expect a couple of first-of-year sightings.

Birds were pretty active, though furtive. Dog and I took a trip down into the thicket, following the voices of chickadees. What with yesterday’s unseasonably warm temps (71°, I believe, which tied a record for the date), I expected no deer, but we encountered a half dozen or so down there. As I was angling for a photo, I heard the voice of a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. No photo of the bird, but I did get a glimpse.

Also got a glimpse of a cottontail and—another FOY critter—a Rock Squirrel. Had nearly forgotten about those guys.

I love a nice overcast day.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 08:48 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch*
2. American Robin*
3. Pine Siskin
4. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay*
5. Dark-eyed Junco
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Ruby-crowned Kinglet†
8. Black-billed Magpie
9. Northern Flicker
10. Spotted Towhee
11. Rock Pigeon

Elsewhere

12. House Sparrow (v)
13. European Starling
14. Lesser Goldfinch (v)
15. Song Sparrow

Mammals

Rock Squirrel†
Mule Deer
Mountain Cottontail

(v) Voice only
* Also Elsewhere
**Voice only Elsewhere

First-of-year

Emergence

Friday, February 4th, 2022
Black-capped Chickadee, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 February 2022.
Black-capped Chickadee.
Cooper’s Hawk, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 04 February 2022.
Cooper’s Hawk.

Another nippy winter morning, but calm, and with a clear enough sky that the sun made for a comfortable hike for dog and me. Better yet, a few birds emerged.

More than a few scrub-jays (a dozen very vocal individuals). Soon after the jays, I happened to spy a big (likely female) Cooper’s Hawk perched low in a leafless high desert tree—first Coop in a while. Three species of finch, several deer, and a good look at a solitary raven flying by in the high blue sky.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 09:31 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. Rock Pigeon*
2. House Finch**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay**
4. Pine Siskin (v)
5. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
6. Black-capped Chickadee
7. Cooper’s Hawk
8. Common Raven
9. Black-billed Magpie (v)

Elsewhere

10. Song Sparrow (v)
11. House Sparrow

Mammals

Mule Deer

(v) Voice only
*Also elsewhere
**Voice only elsewhere

Silent Hike

Saturday, December 25th, 2021
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay, East Millcreek, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25 December 2021.
Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay.

Christmas Day, icy trail, gusty winds, nearly a gale. Birds deciding to up and lay low. Still the dog and I do go.

Did catch sight of a scrub-jay. Did catch sight of a jay.

Grandeur Peak Area List
At 9:16 MST, I hiked a few hundred feet up a mountain.

1. House Finch (v)
2. Black-billed Magpie**
3. Woodhouse’s Scrub-jay
4. Lesser Goldfinch** (v)
5. Dark-eyed Junco (v)

(v) Voice only
**Voice only elsewhere

 
Bird Report is a (sometimes intermittent) record of the birds I encounter while hiking, see while driving, or spy outside my window. —Brian Willson



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